The worry over Hurricane #Irma: our house is in Florida

by Rashmee

Posted on September 12, 2017


Here’s an email from the tenants at our house in western Florida: “Hope all is well.  I am sure you are aware of the hurricane headed our way.  We are preparing for this storm.  We are boarding windows at the home and preparing for water surges.  I will let you know if there is (sic) … Continue reading “The worry over Hurricane #Irma: our house is in Florida”

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St Maarten: a very personal memory of the Caribbean island 95% destroyed by #Irma

by Rashmee

Posted on September 8, 2017


I have a very particular interest in the Caribbean island of St Maarten, now 95 per cent destroyed by Hurricane #Irma. Four years ago, we visited the beautiful 34-square-km Franco-Dutch island, had a wonderful holiday living on the southern Dutch side, and acquired our Dutch passport-bearing dog from Mrs Richardson via the Dutch vet. From what … Continue reading “St Maarten: a very personal memory of the Caribbean island 95% destroyed by #Irma”

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Nepal & Haiti were once part of different community of sorrow: cholera

by Rashmee

Posted on April 28, 2015


Till Saturday’s earthquake, the only time the words “Haiti” and “Nepal” appeared in one sentence, was in reference to the cholera epidemic unwittingly started by Nepalese United Nations peacekeepers stationed in Haiti. It seemed an excessively cruel twist to a pathetic story – dirt-poor Haiti, leveled by a devastating earthquake in January 2010, infected by … Continue reading “Nepal & Haiti were once part of different community of sorrow: cholera”

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Mark Twain & Miss Lou underline that other point of view about Chetan Bhagat

by Rashmee

Posted on March 22, 2015


Harshit Agarwal @Harshit248 tweeted in response to yesterday’s blog: “Are you saying that chetan bhagat writes in English? Hahaha what joke?” Sagar ‏@sagar_rpurohit  courteously offered: “@rashmeerl with due respect for u n @chetan_bhagat, I like to say that books by chetan r pathetic to be even considered as literature.” Wilson Dass ‏@wilson_007xlnc  said Chetan “Is a Disgrace to English … Continue reading “Mark Twain & Miss Lou underline that other point of view about Chetan Bhagat”

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Creole diplomacy: ‘We glad yu cum visit. Nuff respect and walk good’

by Rashmee

Posted on March 20, 2015


“Korea and Jamaica a frien from long long time,” says the South Korean charge to the Caribbean nation. “It a gwaan since dem independence inna 1962 and we cooperate wid each odar pon nuff things. We help we one anoder,” he goes on to say, in presumably impeccable Jamaican patois. (Click here to read the … Continue reading “Creole diplomacy: ‘We glad yu cum visit. Nuff respect and walk good’”

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5 years after quake, Haiti has some hotels but too few hospitals and schools

by Rashmee

Posted on January 18, 2015


Whatever happened to all that aid for Haiti, Emily Troutman asked on the fifth anniversary of the January 12 earthquake. Why is it that there are so many more luxurious hotels and such few schools, hospitals and other basics? It’s a good question but the proliferation of hotels and absence of hospitals says more about Haiti’s dysfunctional … Continue reading “5 years after quake, Haiti has some hotels but too few hospitals and schools”

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Bitcoin, like mobile telephony, may help poor countries leapfrog ahead

by Rashmee

Posted on October 20, 2014


On March 14, 2015, the poor island of Dominica will become the world’s first country to have a universal digital currency. For one day at least, and for free. Every one of its 70,000 inhabitants will receive $10 worth of bitcoins gratis. To spend as they want. The Dominicans will, thereby, make history. Yet again. … Continue reading “Bitcoin, like mobile telephony, may help poor countries leapfrog ahead”

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How did the Caribbean begin to be seen as an earthly paradise?

by Rashmee

Posted on September 13, 2014


Speaking of tourism with a purpose (Porto’s ‘worst tours’) reminded me of Carrie Gibson’s remarkable analysis of how the Caribbean began to be seen as a tropical tourist paradise. In her BBC Radio 4 piece, ‘Four Thought: The Trouble With Paradise’, Ms Gibson, went through evolving ideas of the Caribbean. She should know.  She’s the … Continue reading “How did the Caribbean begin to be seen as an earthly paradise?”

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Thirty-three years after Bob Marley, Get Up, Stand Up, get going #Haiti

by Rashmee

Posted on May 15, 2014


Monday was the 33rd anniversary of Bob Marley’s death and television channels across Haiti ran a somewhat weather-beaten, if riveting documentary on the life and times of one of modern culture’s most popular and the most misunderstood figures. That is, of course, entirely unsurprising. As George Lipsitz writes in his book ‘Footsteps in the Dark: … Continue reading “Thirty-three years after Bob Marley, Get Up, Stand Up, get going #Haiti”

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Planting now could yield a gorgeous Flamboyant red flood tomorrow

by Rashmee

Posted on May 13, 2014


In Haiti, the passionate red of Flamboyant tree flowers in Haiti is not quite like Japan’s yearly fabled froth of cherry blossom. Sydney-based writer Rebecca Giggs describes the Sakura as follows: “When the sprays of blossom finally break open through the capital, their momentum is as forceful as floodwaters returning. The cherries’ high, white foam … Continue reading “Planting now could yield a gorgeous Flamboyant red flood tomorrow”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK